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Squash: David downs Low for fourth Asian Games singles gold

Runner-up Low Wee Wern, four-time Asian Games champion Nicol David and bronze medallists Dipika Pallikal and Annie Au in Incheon. Photo: AFP.

Runner-up Low Wee Wern, four-time champion Nicol David and bronze medallists Dipika Pallikal and Annie Au at the Asian Games prize presentation in Incheon. Photo: AFP.

September 23, 2014: World No. 1 Nicol David fought back from a game down to beat Malaysian compatriot Low Wee Wern 9-11, 11-6, 11-5, 12-10 on Tuesday and win her fourth Asian Games singles gold in five editions.

 

David, 31, lost the first game to an inspired Low, the 24-year-old World No. 7 who beat Hong Kong No. 1 Annie Au – the 2010 runner-up – 11-9, 11-5, 11-5 in the semi-final at the Yeorumul Squash Centre in Incheon.

 

David, who has been No. 1 since August 2006, powered back to win the next two games, but had to save a game ball in the fourth before eventually winning a third successive gold.

 

Having won her first Asian Games as a 15-year-old in Kuala Lumpur, David lost the 2002 final to Rebecca Chiu before winning three straight golds.

 

“They are all very different,” David told Reuters. “Every medal had a different significance to it.”

 

India No. 1 Dipika Pallikal shared bronze with Au, having beaten compatriot Joshna Chinappa in the quarter-finals before losing to David in the semis.

 

Kuwait's Abdullah Al Muzayen (right) beat top seed Saurav Ghosal 3-2 to win the men's title.

Kuwait’s Abdullah Al Muzayen (right) beat top seed Saurav Ghosal of India 3-2 to win the men’s title.

Abdullah Al Muzayen, 26, became the first Kuwaiti to win the men’s singles when he completed a thrilling come-from-behind victory over top seed Saurav Ghosal, the World No. 16 and Asia’s top-ranked player.

 

Al Muzayen, the World No. 46, lost the first two games to the India No. 1 before the left-handed Kuwaiti edged a tight third game and went on to win 3-2 (10-12, 2-11, 14-12, 11-8, 11-9).

 

“It was a tough match for me,” Al Muzayen told Inside The Games. “When I was down two love, I said to my coach that I’m done. But during the third game, I did not give up and I wanted to get that chance to come back to the game.”

 

Al Muzayen also upset second seed Max Lee in the semi-finals. The Hong Kong No. 1 shared bronze with Malaysia’s Ong Beng Hee, the 2002 and 2006 champion.

 

Men’s final

[5/8] Abdullah Al Muzayen (KUW) bt [1] Saurav Ghosal (IND) 10-12, 2-11, 14-12, 11-8, 11-9 (87m)

 

Semi-finals

[1] Saurav Ghosal (IND) bt [3/4] Ong Beng Hee (MAS) 11-9, 11-4, 11-5 (45m)

[5/8] Abdullah Al Muzayen (KUW) bt [2] Max Lee (HKG) 6-11, 11-8, 4-11, 11-6, 11-8 (75m)

 

Quarter-finals

[1] Saurav Ghosal (IND) bt [5/8] Nasir Iqbal (PAK) 11-6, 9-11, 11-2, 11-9 (58m)

[3/4] Ong Beng Hee (MAS) bt [5/8] Leo Au (HKG) 11-8, 9-11, 11-9, 11-7 (68m)

[5/8] Abdullah Al Muzayen (KUW) bt [3/4] Mohd Nafiizwan Adnan (MAS) 11-7, 6-11, 11-6, 11-6 (65m)

[2] Max Lee (HKG) bt [5/8] Abdulla Mohd Al Tamimi (QAT) 11-4, 11-5, 9-11, 8-11, 11-2 (55m)

 

Women’s Final

[1] Nicol David (MAS) bt [2] Low Wee Wern (MAS) 9-11, 11-6, 11-5, 12-10 (60m)

 

Semi-finals

[1] Nicol David (MAS) bt [3/4] Dipika Pallikal (IND) 11-4, 11-4, 11-5 (25m)

[2] Low Wee Wern (MAS) bt [3/4] Annie Au (HKG) 11-9, 11-5, 11-5 (39m)

 

Quarter-finals

[1] Nicol David (MAS) bt [5/8] Misaki Kobayashi (JPN) 11-7, 11-5, 11-7 (31m)

[3/4] Dipika Pallikal (IND) bt [5/8] Joshana Chinappa (IND) 7-11, 11-9, 11-8, 15-17, 11-9 (87m)

[3/4] Annie Au (HKG) bt [5/8] Maria Toorpakai Wazir (PAK) 11-3, 11-4, 11-4 (18m)

[2] Low Wee Wern (MAS) bt [5/8] Joey Chan (HKG) 11-6, 8-11, 11-6, 11-5 (53m)

 

Results: WSF (www.worldsquash.org)

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